Will he, won't he? Well, he's still on the Covent Garden cast list. His vocal health seems much-improved.
And interviewed by Opéra magazine about his directorial debut with Werther in Lyon later this month, Rolando Villazón confirmed he's still expecting to sing the role himself at the Royal Opera House - and record it too.
He said of his own Lyon production, where the title role is to be filled by Arturo Chacón-Cruz:
"I don't want it to be 'my' Werther, but my interpreters'. The one I'm going to record soon, and portray at Covent Garden in May in Benoît Jacquot's production, will be very different. "
Here's a brief and not very revealing Lyon promo (thanks Teresa59 for uploading):
If Rolando changes his mind, it's worth noting that Andrew Richards (who deputised successfully for Jonas 'sicknote' Kaufmann in the same production in Paris recently) seems to be free in May.....